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    ColorOfChange.org Responds to President Obama’s Remarks on Net Neutrality and a Fair and Open Internet

    - Statement from Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org -


    New York, NY -- "We commend President Obama for speaking out and voicing his support for a free and open Internet for all Americans.

    “This is the President’s first statement on the issue of net neutrality since the unveiling of an FCC proposal that would pose a grave threat to a fair and open Internet. As a presidential candidate, Mr. Obama declared he would protect net neutrality, later pledging in 2010 to ensure that 'innovation is allowed to flourish, that consumers are protected from abuse, and that the democratic spirit of the Internet remains intact.'

    “This week’s statements are an important step towards keeping that promise.

    “Unfortunately, the President’s stated position on net neutrality stands in stark contrast to that of the FCC, whose current plans would lead to the end of the Internet as we know it, replacing the freedom and equity we currently experience online with a two-tiered system of ‘fast and slow lanes’ catering to wealthy corporations at the expense of our communities.

    “There is much at stake in the fight for net neutrality, particularly for the Black community. Protecting net neutrality will ensure a level playing field for all voices, allowing Black bloggers, activists, and entrepreneurs to flourish online despite being blocked out of ownership and participation in traditional media.

    “The only way to protect the open Internet is to reclassify broadband as a common carrier. The President’s recent statements, as well as those of Senator Harry Reid, show that the political support is there. It’s up to the FCC and Chairman Wheeler to do the right thing.

    “President Obama joins a long list of Black leaders who are opposed to fast and slow lanes online. Over 40,000 ColorOfChange members have demanded 10 members of the Congressional Black Caucus on the record against net neutrality reverse their positions. We are hopeful that the President's remarks will convince other Black leaders on the wrong side of this issue to recognize how critical an open internet is for the Black community, and speak out in favor of reclassification.”

    With over 900,000 members, ColorOfChange.org is the nation’s largest online civil rights organization.


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    How Fox News Talks About African-Americans When It's Not February

    - http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/02/18/how-fox-news-talks-about-african-americans-when/198090 -


    Fox News celebrated Black History Month with several five-second spots highlighting the accomplishments of African-Americans. The brief tributes in February stand in sharp contrast with Fox's pattern of race-baiting and offensive rhetoric on race throughout the rest of year.

    Watch The Black History Month video from Media Matters for America here: http://youtu.be/9fELYbr72GA




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    (BPRW) ASPiRE STARTS PRODUCTION ON THE SECOND SEASON OF ITS POPULAR ORIGINAL WEEKLY TALK SERIES “exhale” HOSTED BY ANGELA BURT-MURRAY, ERIN JACKSON, ISSA RAE, RENE SYLER AND MALINDA WILLIAMS

    - Production Commences in Los Angeles -


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – ATLANTA – January 27, 2014 – ASPiRE today announced the start of production in Los Angeles on the second season of its popular original weekly talk series, “exhale” (@exhaleTV). Hosted by five dynamic, successful African-American women – journalist and media maven Angela Burt-Murray (co-founder and editorial director of Cocoa Media Group, former editor-in-chief of Essence); actress and comedian Erin Jackson ("StandUp in Stilettos,” "Last Comic Standing"); director, writer and actress Issa Rae (The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl, “The Choir”); blogger, author and TV anchor Rene Syler (GoodEnoughMother.com, “The Early Show”); and actress Malinda Williams (UP’s Marry Me For Christmas, “Soul Food”) – “exhale’s” new season will continue to bring honest, entertaining and candid discussion on a wide range of topics affecting African American women. The eight-episode series will premiere in May 2014.

    exhale
    ASPiRE’s “exhale” co-hosts Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Issa Rae, Rene Syler and Malinda Williams. Credit: Courtesy of ASPiRE.



    With a unique mix of bold humor, sincerity and insight, Burt-Murray, Jackson, Rae, Syler and Williams return to provide a fresh in-depth perspective on topics that are relevant and evergreen in the lives of African-American women. The five hosts from different generations, fields and backgrounds get real about family, love and relationships, career, money, faith, justice, education, health and wellness, and other topics of interest to modern women. An intriguing range of special guests, from celebrities and experts to religious leaders and authors, join in the conversation and fun.

    “We are excited to have ‘exhale’ return for a second season on ASPiRE,” said ASPiRE General Manager Paul Butler. “As a signature series for the network and integral part of our growing original programming lineup, we expect ‘exhale’s' new season to further spark important and intriguing conversations across a range of topics relevant to African American women, the African American family and community. Based on the positive and spirited social media chatter across platforms during the first season, we hope that our viewers continue to engage and further the conversation wherever we gather as a community with each new episode.”

    “In the first season of ’exhale,’ the five amazing hosts displayed amazing chemistry and friendship as they opened up, shared with one another and talked about everything that is on the minds of women today,” says Lynne Robinson, executive producer. “Their intimate, spirited and honest conversations with guests and each other made viewers laugh, cry and think. This season, we are thrilled to bring ASPiRE viewers more of these provocative and enlightening conversations with these dynamic women.”

    "I’m delighted and energized to direct another season of ‘exhale,’” said Victoria Mahoney, director. “Working with our five wonderful hosts, Lynne, the first season guests and our crew was an extraordinary experience that I plan to visually build upon with these new eight episodes."

    ASPiRE presents a Black Robin Media production, “exhale.” Hosted by Angela Burt-Murray, Erin Jackson, Issa Rae, Rene Syler and Malinda Williams. Produced by Black Robin Media. Executive produced by Lynne Robinson. Supervising Producer is Allison Simmons. Director is Victoria Mahoney. Editor is Derek Allen. Director of Photography is Jonathan Barenboim.

    ASPiRE and the hosts will use digital and social media to further connect, engage and continue dynamic, nimble dialogue with the audience. For more information, please go to www.aspire.tv/exhale, Twitter on @ExhaleTV and Facebook at facebook.com/ExhaleTV. Follow our hosts at:

    • Angela Burt-Murray on Twitter @AngelaCocoaFab, and on her websites cocoafab.com and cocoafab-tv.

    • Erin Jackson on Twitter @EJthecomic, and on her website erinjackson.net.

    • Issa Rae on Twitter @IssaRae, and on her website awkwardblackgirl.com.

    • Rene Syler on Twitter @goodenufmother, and on her website goodenoughmother.com.

    • Malinda Williams on Twitter @MalinsWorld, and on her website malindawilliams.com.

    “exhale” is ASPiRE’s fourth original project following, “ABFF Independent,” “The Root 100” and the upcoming, new comedy/reality series “Laff Mobb’s We Got Next.”

    About ASPiRE
    ASPiRE is a television network targeted to African-Americans and celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of our past, our now and our next. ASPiRE offers a diverse programming mix of movies, series and specials featuring music, comedy, drama, faith/inspiration, theater/performing arts, lifestyle and news/information. The network was launched June 27, 2012 by Magic Johnson Enterprises, which acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. ASPiRE is available in more than 16 million homes in 21 of the top 25 African-American markets including New York City, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, DC. through Comcast and Time Warner cable. For more information, visit www.aspire.tv, facebook.com/aspireTV and on Twitter @tvaspire.

    About Black Robin Media
    Black Robin Media is a full-service television and video production company that brings to life some of the industry’s most innovative projects. From TV programs, series, short films and digital content to promos, PSAs, and commercials, Black Robin Media’s award-winning creative team uses the art of storytelling, imagery and sound, along with the latest media technology to connect with audiences around the world.

    About Magic Johnson Enterprises
    Magic Johnson Enterprises acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. For more information, visit http://magicjohnson.com/enterprises.

    ABOUT THE HOSTS

    ANGELA BURT-MURRAY
    Angela Burt-Murray (@AngelaBMurray) is the co-founder and editorial director of Cocoa Media Group, a new digital media company that launched cocoafab.com/ and cocoafab-tv/ to feature entertainment, style and original web series for young women of color. Prior to launching CMG, she was the editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, the premier lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty magazine for African-American women, as well as Essence.com. Before Essence, Burt-Murray served as executive editor of Teen People and Honey magazines. She co-authored the critically-acclaimed humor book, The Angry Black Woman’s Guide to Life (Dutton), and the novel, The Vow (HarperCollins/Amistad), which is turning into a movie by Lifetime Networks. She is also a weekly “Hot Topics” contributor to “The Steve Harvey Morning Show.” Plus, she regularly appears on CNN, “Entertainment Tonight,” “Good Morning America,” MSNBC, “NBC Nightly News” and “The Today Show,” to name a few. Burt-Murray is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the American Society of Magazine Editors. In addition, Burt-Murray is one of the chief architects of the annual 3-day “Essence Music Festival” in New Orleans. A graduate of Hampton University, she resides in New Jersey with her husband and their two children.

    ERIN JACKSON
    With a megawatt smile and a pocket full of dreams, comedian Erin Jackson (@EJthecomic, erinjackson.net/) is poised to conquer the world of stand-up. Since first making a name for herself at colleges and east coast comedy clubs, Erin's warm, conversational style and relatable humor have helped to propel her onto the national stage. She has performed on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and Comedy Central’s "Live at Gotham," and was a semifinalist on season 6 of NBC’s "Last Comic Standing." Erin has also appeared on VH-1 and worked with both HBO and BET on live comedy and awards specials. She's been a panelist on pop-culture countdown shows such as "40 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of the 90's" and "Best Movie Kisses" and was featured most recently on TV Guide Network's "StandUp in Stilettos." Erin is currently touring the country as part of the "Pumps & Punchlines" theatre tour.

    ISSA RAE
    Recently spotlighted in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” List, director, writer and actress Issa Rae (@IssaRae) is the multitalented CEO and owner of digital media phenomena Issa Rae Productions, where her work lends a voice to a largely unheard demographic. The massive success of Issa’s ongoing webseries, The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl (awkwardblackgirl.com/), where she stars as “J,” has placed her at the forefront of the digital web revolution. With unique flare and an infectious sense of humor, viral hit ABG has garnered over 14 million views, over 100,000 faithful subscribers on YouTube, and won the 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show. Inspired by her difficult 2009 in an unfamiliar New York City, ABG series was launched after a hugely successful 2011 Kickstarter.com campaign and finds humor in uncomfortable scenarios one may experience when dealing with others. A fan of the first season, artist and tastemaker Pharrell Williams aired its second season on his new Google Channel, “i am OTHER.” Recently, Issa has teamed with producer Shonda Rhimes/Shondaland to produce the sitcom “I Hate LA Dudes” for ABC. She is co-producing a new webseries, “The Choir,” for Alright TV with Tracey Edmonds. Past film credits include Dorm Diaries and the award-winning Fly Guys presents The F-word. An LA native, Issa received her B.A. from Stanford University. She also attended the New York Film Academy.

    RENE SYLER
    Rene Syler (@goodenufmother) knew she wanted a career in television. While that realization didn’t come until after finishing her degree in psychology, she forged ahead and landed local reporter/anchor jobs in Reno, Birmingham and Dallas. In 2002, she went national as one of the anchors of “The Early Show” on CBS. In her four years there, she interviewed former First Lady Laura Bush, Senator John McCain, Senator John Kerry, and delved into the lives of celebrities, including Russell Crowe, J. Lo, Denzel Washington, Beyoncé and Will Smith. Alas, she was not particularly adept at the cooking segments, which will come as no surprise to those who know her. In 2007, Rene’s first book Good Enough Mother: The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting was published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment. From that, goodenoughmother.com was born. Rene continues to be a sought-after commentator for “CNN Headline News,” “The Wendy Williams Show” and “The Today Show” and others. In 2009, she anchored BET’s Inauguration coverage, and garnered an NAACP image Award for Outstanding News/Information coverage. Rene is the daughter of two breast cancer survivors. Their diagnoses and her own pre-cancerous condition led to her preventive mastectomy in 2007, a controversial surgery that was profiled on “Oprah.” She is an ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and was awarded the prestigious Gracie Allen award for her television series on breast cancer. Rene lives in Westchester, NY with her husband, Buff Parham, children Casey and Cole and their yellow Lab Olivia.

    MALINDA WILLIAMS
    Armed with a license in cosmetology and a few small acting roles, Malinda Williams (@MalinsWorld, malindawilliams.com/main/) left her home state of New Jersey and ambitiously set her sights on Hollywood. Originally intent on opening her own hair salon, Malinda’s beauty industry career quickly gave way to her undeniable acting talent. Twice nominated for an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series,” the determined young beauty made a name for herself, grabbing lead roles in films such as The Wood, High School High, Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls and First Sunday. Her most recent projects include Percentage with Ving Rhames and Macy Gray; Russ Parr’s The Undershepherd; GMC’s “A Cross to Bear,” and Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in New York, with Chris Rock, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Best known for her role as “Bird” on the hit television series “Soul Food,” this busy mom always finds time to mentor young women and work with non-profit organizations such as Black Girls Rock!, Take Wings and Chrysalis Foundations. Having been branded one of the “entertainment industry’s most well respected actresses,” Malinda has recently been hitting the speaking circuit, addressing a range of topics including, women’s interests and issues, living with asthma, and success & education, among others. An extremely passionate motivational speaker, Malinda’s words on leadership, self-esteem and self-motivation leave no doubts as to why success continually finds its way to her door.

    ABOUT THE PRODUCER

    LYNNE ROBINSON
    Lynne Robinson, owner and executive producer of Black Robin Media, is a producer, director and writer with 20 years of experience in television, video and film production. The recipient of two NAACP Image Awards and several other honors, her work has aired on networks such as ASPiRE, National Geographic Channel, Discovery, PBS, BET and TV One.

    ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

    VICTORIA MAHONEY
    Born and raised in New York, Victoria Mahoney (@VictoriaMahoney) began as a film and television actress, training in Shelley Winters’ exclusive classes at the Actors Studio. Eventually, she transitioned from acting in film & TV to writing, producing and directing.

    Victoria directed the pilot episode of “The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet" as well as 12 episodes for the 2013 season. Victoria developed her debut feature film Yelling to the Sky through the Directors and Screenwriters Sundance Institute Labs. The film had its world premiere in “Main Competition” at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Golden Bear. With a North American Premiere at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival, the movie has since gone around the world screening in competition at Deauville Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival, Giffoni Film Festival, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Urbanworld Film Festival, Gen Art Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, and Film Society Lincoln Center among others.

    Victoria was named an Auerbach Fellow, Annenberg Fellow, Cinereach Fellow, Maryland Fellow and IFP Fellow and Tribeca Film Fellow as well as one of "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine, one of ShadowAndAct/IndieWire's "Filmmakers to Watch," and one of "3 Filmmakers to Watch" in Elle Magazine's, Women In Hollywood issue.


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    (BPRW) ASPiRE KICKS OFF 2014 WITH FOUR NEW EPISODES OF ITS ORIGINAL WEEKLY SERIES “THE ROOT 100”

    - EPISODES FEATURE INTERVIEWS WITH ACTRESS CONDOLA RASHAD (BROADWAY’S “ROMEO & JULIET”), FORMER NAACP CEO BEN JEALOUS, SOCIO-POLITICAL COMEDIAN W. KAMAU BELL, WHITE HOUSE DEPUTY DIRECTOR IVORY TOLDSON AND “CITIZEN MADE” FOUNDER RACHEL BROOKS EXCLUSIVELY ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8 AT 8 P.M. EST • CNN’s Emmy® Award-Winning Journalist and Anchor Suzanne Malveaux Hosts with Interviews by Political Strategist/Writer/Commentator Jamal Simmons -


    THE ROOT 100
    (l to r) Hollywood-based pastor, author and speaker Pastor Touré Roberts and THE ROOT 100’s Jamal Simmons. Courtesy of ASPiRE



    (BLACK PR WIRE) – ATLANTA – January 7, 2014 – Hosted by Emmy®-winning television journalist and CNN Anchor Suzanne Malveaux and featuring interviews by Political Strategist/Writer/Commentator Jamal Simmons, ASPiRE’s (@tvASPiRE) original weekly series THE ROOT 100 (#TheRoot100) returns in 2014 with new episodes, beginning on Wednesday, January 8 at 8 p.m. EST. Based on online news and commentary site The Root’s (TheRoot.com) 4th annual list of 100 of the most influential African-American innovators of the next generation (age 25-45), THE ROOT 100’s second season further explores the lives and groundbreaking accomplishments of 24 of these dynamic men and women. January 8th’s new episode spotlights “The Expressionists”: Professor Brittney Cooper, Pastor Touré Roberts, and actress Condola Rashad. Subsequent episodes through January 29 will focus on “The Political Advocates,” “Breaking The Mold” and “The Inspirers.”

    The four new episodes will feature:

    THE EXPRESSIONISTS – AIRS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 8 P.M. EST In this episode, feminist Brittney Cooper, Pastor Touré Roberts, and actress Condola Rashad share their inspirational work and how they’ve touched so many with their powerful and entertaining messages of strength and love. These honorees give us the freedom to entertain new ideas about age-old beliefs and inspire us to answer our own true calling.

    GUESTS: Brittney Cooper, professor and Co-Founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective (@ProfessorCrunk) Pastor Touré Roberts, Hollywood-based pastor, author and speaker (@toureroberts) Condola Rashad, actress (Broadway’s “Romeo & Juliet,” “The Trip to Bountiful,” “Steel Magnolias”) (@phloella)

    THE POLITICAL ADVOCATES – AIRS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 8 P.M. EST Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change, Binta Niambi Brown, fundraiser and attorney and Ben Jealous, former CEO of the NAACP, discuss the politics behind their fight for equality and efforts to effect global change. These three honorees give everyone a brighter outlook for the future as they lead the charge through political minefields in the fight for human rights.

    GUESTS: Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change (@rashadrobinson) Binta Niambi Brown, fundraiser and attorney (@batnib) Ben Jealous, former CEO of the NAACP (@BenJealous)

    BREAKING THE MOLD – AIRS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 8 P.M. EST Laura Weidman Powers, co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Code2040, Ivory Toldson, deputy director of the White House initiative on historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell discuss how their extraordinary work is motivating others to exceed expectations by breaking down stereotypes. Their revolutionary work breaks the mold of how we address racial bias and disparities in America.

    GUESTS: Laura Weidman Powers, co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Code2040 (@laurawp) Ivory Toldson, deputy director of the White House initiative on historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) (@toldson) W. Kamau Bell, socio-political comedian (@wkamaubell)

    THE INSPIRERS – AIRS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 8 P.M. EST – SEASON FINALE Rachel Brooks, digital producer and co-founder of “Citizen Made,” Reverend Raphael Warnock, pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church and Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code discuss their remarkable work that pushes beyond the limits of tradition and inspires us all to dream. They reveal the creative and often unconventional methods they use to motivate others to explore their potential and succeed.

    GUESTS: Rachel Brooks, digital producer and co-founder of “Citizen Made” (@RachelABrooks) Reverend Raphael Warnock, pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martin Luther King Jr’s home church, and advocate for civil rights and criminal justice (@RaphaelGWarnock) Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code (@6Gems)

    Each one-hour episode features profiles of three honorees, woven together by common themes, including community, faith, politics, arts, entertainment, sports, business, technology, science and health. In revealing conversations, each honoree discusses intimate moments, turning points in their lives and their aspirations to affect change. Through these inspirational stories, the series provides insight into what it really takes to pursue one’s passion and achieve success with meaning and purpose.

    ASPiRE presents a Perez-Brown Media Group production. THE ROOT 100 is hosted by Emmy®-winning television journalist and CNN Anchor Suzanne Malveaux, with interviews by Political Strategist/Writer/Commentator Jamal Simmons. Executive producer is Keith Brown. Co-executive producer is Lynne Robinson.

    Follow our host and correspondent at: • Suzanne Malveaux on Twitter @SuzanneMalveaux, and on her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SuzanneCNN

    • Jamal Simmons on Twitter @JamalSimmons, and on his website www.jamalsimmons.com.

    For more information, please go to www.aspire.tv.

    About ASPiRE
    ASPiRE is a television network targeted to African-Americans and celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of our past, our now and our next. ASPiRE offers a diverse programming mix of movies, series and specials featuring music, comedy, drama, faith/inspiration, theater/performing arts, lifestyle and news/information. The network was launched June 27, 2012 by Magic Johnson Enterprises, which acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. ASPiRE is available in more than 16 million homes in 21 of the top 25 African-American markets including New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Washington, DC. through Comcast and Time Warner. For more information, visit www.aspire.tv, facebook.com/aspireTV and on Twitter @tvaspire.

    About Magic Johnson Enterprises
    Magic Johnson Enterprises acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. For more information, visit http://magicjohnson.com/enterprises.

    About The Root
    The Root is the premier news, opinion and culture site for African-American influencers. Founded in 2008, under the leadership of Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Root provides smart, timely coverage of breaking news, thought-provoking commentary and gives voice to a changing, more diverse America. The Root is a subsidiary of The Slate Group which is owned by The Washington Post Company. For more information visit www.theroot.com, on Twitter @TheRoot247 and on Facebook.

    BIOS

    About Suzanne Malveaux
    Based in Atlanta, THE ROOT 100 host Suzanne Malveaux co-anchors weekday editions of CNN’s “Around the World” and “CNN Newsroom.” For more than a decade, Malveaux was a White House correspondent covering Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. She has interviewed all five living Presidents, and several First Ladies.

    In 2012, Malveaux won a National Emmy® Award for her breaking news coverage of Egypt’s revolution. She also received a Peabody Award for CNN’s coverage of the Arab Spring. Among the stories Malveaux has broken for CNN are: the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the plea deal of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and White House personnel changes.

    Malveaux has been named an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow. She has been named one of “America's Most Powerful Players Under 40” by Black Enterprise magazine, Ebony’s “Outstanding Women in Marketing & Communications” and Essence Magazine’s 2009 Journalist of the Year. Malveaux recently was recognized by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for covering one of the top 50 stories of the century for her coverage of the 2008 Obama campaign.

    Malveaux earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. Malveaux holds four honorary degrees and was awarded an honorary Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. membership. She appeared on The Root 100’s list in both 2010 and 2011 and is dedicated to promoting research for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

    About Jamal Simmons
    Jamal Simmons (2011 honoree, #66) has worked at the nexus of politics and media for nearly 20 years. At The Raben Group, a Washington, DC consulting firm, he provides communications and strategic counsel to corporate and non-profit clients. During the 2010 congressional election he was the Democratic political analyst for CBS News and before that a fixture on CNN during the 2008 election. Currently, he can be seen each week offering political analysis on several television programs.

    After volunteering for campaigns while growing up in Detroit, Jamal got his professional start in presidential politics traveling with Bill Clinton during his successful 1992 campaign and was a political appointee during the first Clinton Administration with U.S. Trade Representative and Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor. Jamal has an extensive international background as well. He planned events for the Clinton White House in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, and has represented major corporations in China and Latin America. He worked on the 2004 We Are the Future charity concert with Quincy Jones in Rome and Al Gore’s Live Earth concert in Hamburg, Germany in 2007; and was a French American Foundation 2009-10 Young Leader and former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    A graduate of Morehouse College, where he received the Presidential Award of Distinction in 2009, Simmons has a master in public policy degree from Harvard University. His views and opinions have been featured in several major publications such as GQ Magazine, The New York Times and Politico.


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    (BPRW) ASPiRE DEBUTS SEASON TWO OF ITS ORIGINAL WEEKLY SERIES “THE ROOT 100” WITH VANGUARDS GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING ARTIST JOHN LEGEND, “exhale” CO-HOST AND DIRECTOR/WRITER/ACTRESS ISSA RAE AND CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF UNIWORLD GROUP MONIQUE NELSON

    - AIRS EXCLUSIVELY ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 AT 8 P.M. EST • CNN’s Emmy® Award-Winning Journalist and Anchor Suzanne Malveaux Hosts with Interviews by Political Strategist/Writer/Commentator Jamal Simmons -


    THE ROOT 100
    (l to r) Featuring first-hand interviews by Political Strategist/Writer/Commentator Jamal Simmons, ASPiRE’s (@tvASPiRE) original weekly series THE ROOT 100 (#TheRoot100) returns for a second season on Wednesday, November 27 at 8 p.m. EST, with Grammy® Award-winning artist John Legend.

    (BLACK PR WIRE) – ATLANTA – November 25, 2013 – Hosted by Emmy®-winning television journalist and CNN Anchor Suzanne Malveaux and featuring first-hand interviews by Political Strategist/Writer/Commentator Jamal Simmons, ASPiRE’s (@tvASPiRE) original weekly series THE ROOT 100 (#TheRoot100) returns for a second season on Wednesday, November 27 at 8 p.m. EST. Based on online news and commentary site The Root’s (TheRoot.com) 4th annual list of 100 of the most influential African-American innovators of the next generation (age 25-45), THE ROOT 100’s second season will explore the lives and groundbreaking accomplishments of 24 of these dynamic men and women. The season premiere spotlights “The Vanguards”: Grammy® Award-winning artist John Legend, ASPiRE’s “exhale” Co-Host and Director/Writer/Actress Issa Rae and Chairman and CEO of Uniworld Group Monique Nelson. Subsequent episodes through December 18 will focus on “The Progressives,” “The Champions” and “Empowering Spirits.”

    The first four episodes will feature:
    THE VANGUARDS – AIRS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 8 P.M. EST – SEASON PREMIERE In the second season premiere, Grammy® Award-winning artist and activist John Legend, co-host of ASPiRE’s talk show “exhale” and Director/Writer/Actress Issa Rae and Chairman and CEO of Uniworld Group Monique Nelson talk about their groundbreaking work. Whether it’s bringing diversity to the media or being at the forefront of educational reform, these honorees of THE ROOT 100 are using their unique talents and ideas to open America’s eyes to a new point of view.

    GUESTS:
    John Legend, Grammy® Award-winning artist and activist (@johnlegend) Issa Rae, “exhale” Co-Host and Director/Writer/Actress (@IssaRae) Monique Nelson, chairman and CEO of Uniworld Group (@MoniqueUWGCEO)

    THE PROGRESSIVES – AIRS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 8 P.M. EST
    CNN’s “Crossfire” Co-Host Van Jones, Reverend Howard-John Wesley and LGBT rights activist Danielle Moodie-Mills share what they consider true progress and why they’ll never let us go back to “the way things used to be.” These Root 100 honorees are using their influence to challenge the status quo and put this country on a path towards progress.

    GUESTS:
    Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, pastor and social activist (@PastorHJW) Danielle Moodie-Mills, LGBT rights activist/critic Danielle Moodie-Mills (@DeeTwoCents) Van Jones, “CNN Crossfire” Host and civil rights activist Van Jones (@VanJones68)

    THE CHAMPIONS – AIRS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 8 P.M. EST
    Fruitvale Station Director Ryan Coogler, CNN’s Sunni Hostin and Dr. Garth Graham share what it means to be a true champion and how their passions impact us all. All three Root 100 honorees are using their unique platform in the fight for justice and equality in America.

    GUESTS:
    Sunni Hostin, Attorney, TV Host and CNN contributor (@SunnyHostin), Dr. Garth Graham, public health expert and President of the Aetna Foundation (@Aetna) Ryan Coogler, Sundance Jury Award-winning Director of Fruitvale Station (@fruitvalemovie)

    EMPOWERING SPIRITS – AIRS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 8 P.M. EST
    Presidential appointee and Director of Presidential Personnel Jonathan McBride, Tony® Award-winning actor Billy Porter and NAACP’s Senior Director for Voting Rights Jotaka Eaddy discuss the motivation behind their work and what it really takes to effect change in the lives of others. What their extraordinary experience reveals empowers us with the knowledge that anything is possible.

    GUESTS:
    Jotaka Eaddy, Voting rights activist Jotaka Eaddy (@JotakaEaddy) Jonathan McBride, Assistant to President Obama and Director of Presidential Personnel Billy Porter, Tony® Award-winner actor from Billy Porter (@thebillyporter)

    Each one-hour episode features profiles of three honorees, woven together by common themes, including community, faith, politics, arts, entertainment, sports, business, technology, science and health. In revealing conversations, each honoree discusses intimate moments, turning points in their lives and their aspirations to affect change. Through these inspirational stories, the series provides insight into what it really takes to pursue one’s passion and achieve success with meaning and purpose.

    ASPiRE presents a Perez-Brown Media Group production. THE ROOT 100 is hosted by Emmy®-winning television journalist and CNN Anchor Suzanne Malveaux, with interviews by Political Strategist/Writer/Commentator Jamal Simmons. Executive producer is Keith Brown. Co-executive producer is Lynne Robinson.

    Follow our host and correspondent at:

    • Suzanne Malveaux on Twitter @SuzanneMalveaux, and on her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SuzanneCNN

    • Jamal Simmons on Twitter @JamalSimmons, and on his website www.jamalsimmons.com.

    For more information, please go to www.aspire.tv.

    About ASPiRE
    ASPiRE is a television network targeted to African-Americans and celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of our past, our now and our next. ASPiRE offers a diverse programming mix of movies, series and specials featuring music, comedy, drama, faith/inspiration, theater/performing arts, lifestyle and news/information. The network was launched June 27, 2012 by Magic Johnson Enterprises, which acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. ASPiRE is available in more than 16 million homes in 21 of the top 25 African-American markets including New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Washington, DC. through Comcast and Time Warner. For more information, visit www.aspire.tv, facebook.com/aspireTV and on Twitter @tvaspire.

    About Magic Johnson Enterprises
    Magic Johnson Enterprises acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. For more information, visit http://magicjohnson.com/enterprises.

    About The Root
    The Root is the premier news, opinion and culture site for African-American influencers. Founded in 2008, under the leadership of Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Root provides smart, timely coverage of breaking news, thought-provoking commentary and gives voice to a changing, more diverse America. The Root is a subsidiary of The Slate Group which is owned by The Washington Post Company. For more information visit www.theroot.com, on Twitter @TheRoot247 and on Facebook.


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    (BPRW) Rahman Johnson Named as New Co-Anchor and Managing Editor for WTXL ABC 27

    Rahman Johnson
    Rahman Johnson


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – Tallahassee, FL – In an unprecedented move at the beginning of November sweeps, Calkins Media has named Rahman Johnson as the new Co-Anchor and Managing Editor for WTXL ABC 27 News at 5, 6 and 11. The change is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 4th.

    Rahman will be joined by Abbey Mauer who has anchored mornings from 5 to 7 am for the past three years. Chief Meteorologist Casanova Nurse and Sports Director Brad Dalton will round out the team.

    Rahman was brought on to host/produce the only dedicated news show for Bounce TV. Bounce is Calkins Media’s secondary station in the market. Management made the decision to end the show on October 25th.

    “Rahman did a great job and put a lot into the Bounce product. We’d like to take that same energy and enthusiasm and focus it on the prime,” said General Manager Jason Wildenstein.

    Rahman was known for hosting the one-time flagship show for Nickelodeon, Splat. He has also spent time as a producer and talent at WAWS and WJXT and started his broadcast career in radio.

    “I’m looking forward to this new chapter. I was very attached to Bounce and the format that we created and I hope to take many of these elements along,” said Johnson.

    Current evening talent Mika Highsmith, will now anchor the Noon and 5:30 shows and Greg Angel will handle the News at Sunrise.


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    (BPRW) PBS Renews ‘TAVIS SMILEY’ Talk Show for Two More Years

    - Walmart returns as major underwriter through 2015 -


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – LOS ANGELES, CA (November 14, 2013) –TAVIS SMILEY, which airs weeknights on PBS, has been renewed for two years, it was announced today by Beth Hoppe, PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming. The extension will take TAVIS SMILEY, now in its 10th season, through 2015.

    TAVIS SMILEY
    Entering its 11th season in January 2014, TAVIS SMILEY airs on approximately 97 percent of PBS stations in more than 200 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Atlanta. “I am excited to continue with such a strong broadcasting platform as PBS,” said Smiley. “My team and I are proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past 10 seasons and look forward to bringing our loyal viewers more in-depth conversations as we head into the 11th season. I want to thank Walmart for its generous and long-standing support.” “TAVIS SMILEY continues to be an important asset for PBS,” said Hoppe. “Tavis and his colleagues produce shows that bring an intellectual richness to our audience with the mix of news and entertainment. Tavis’ tremendous curiosity, passion and understanding are clear in every interview he takes on – PBS is proud to be his television home.”

    Walmart, which has funded TAVIS SMILEY throughout its 10 years on PBS, will continue to underwrite the series for these additional seasons. “We are proud to extend our relationship with Tavis, his team and PBS,” said Tony Rogers, Walmart’s Senior Vice President, Marketing. “Our long-term association is a testament to Tavis’ engaging interview style that has yielded thought-provoking and entertaining conversations with an eclectic group of newsmakers.” TAVIS SMILEY has garnered acclaim for its balance of news and entertainment. Marking 20 years in broadcasting this year, the eponymous host has been included in the group of the “20 people changing how Americans get their news.” It was recently announced that he will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 24, 2014.

    TAVIS SMILEY is produced by The Smiley Group, Inc./TS Media, Inc. Jacoba Atlas is the executive producer. Tavis Smiley is host and managing editor. Additional funding is provided by The California Endowment.

    About Tavis Smiley
    Tavis Smiley is host and managing editor of the nightly talk show TAVIS SMILEY on PBS, produced by TS Media, Inc., and the host of The Tavis Smiley Show and co-host of Smiley & West from Public Radio International (PRI), both produced by Smiley Radio Properties, Inc. Smiley is also the author/editor of 16 books, including New York Times best-sellers Covenant With Black America, What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America and his most recent, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. In 2009, TIME magazine named him one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People. 2013 marks his 10th season on PBS and is the inaugural year for the Tavis Smiley Network (TSN) on BlogTalkRadio. For more information, visit www.tavistalks.com. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TavisSmiley or follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/TavisSmiley.

    About PBS
    PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 120 million people through television and nearly 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.



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    (BPRW) "THE TAVIS SMILEY SHOW FROM PRI" EXPANDING TO TWO HOURS "SMILEY & WEST" ENDING THREE-YEAR RUN


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – LOS ANGELES, CA (October 4, 2013) – The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI announced today that it will be expanding to two hours beginning January 2014.

    The new two-hour format is a renewal of Smiley’s commitment to conversations of importance to America. The show will continue to focus on a wide range of issues including politics, business, health, sports, arts and culture, and will feature a broad spectrum of newsmakers and commentators. Tony Marcano, formerly of Weekend Edition on NPR, will be the program’s senior producer.

    The final edition of Smiley & West will air the weekend of Dec. 27, 2013.

    "I was blessed to work with my dear Brother Tavis and we stood on the forefront of bringing prophetic perspectives to loyal listeners on the important issues we face today," said West. "As I move forward, I carry with me the knowledge that Smiley & West leaves a definitive mark in public radio.”

    “Creating a radio show to co-host with Dr. Cornel West is one of the highlights of my career," Smiley said. "I have been blessed to work alongside the person I regard as America’s leading public intellectual."

    Smiley and West are appreciative to Public Radio International (PRI) for the opportunity and grateful to the listening audience for its embrace. They emphasized that Smiley & West would not be the outstanding show it is without the expertise and hard work of producer Joe Zefran.

    Both agree that it is critical to offer differing viewpoints on the airwaves, especially the stories of the more than 45 million Americans living in poverty.

    Smiley will be devoting more time to the Tavis Smiley Network, the first online programming network for BlogTalkRadio.

    About The Tavis Smiley Show
    The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI is a blend of substantive and provocative discussions on a wide range of topics including: politics, health, finance, sports, technology and pop culture. An insightful exploration of the issues that matter from fresh, diverse points of view is the show’s hallmark. The Tavis Smiley Show is produced by Smiley Radio Properties, Inc. in partnership with Public Radio International (PRI) and is hosted by Tavis Smiley. Smiley is the first American ever to simultaneously host signature talk shows on both public television and public radio. TIME magazine honored him as one of the “The World’s 100 Most Influential People,” in 2009. NEWSWEEK dubbed him one of the nation’s “captains of the airwaves.” He is also the creator of AMERICA I AM: The African American Imprint museum exhibition. Smiley has received numerous honorary doctorate degrees, including one from his alma mater, Indiana University.

    About Smiley & West from Public Radio International (PRI)
    The weekly program from PRI, Smiley & West, is co-hosted by two of America’s most influential public intellectuals, noted broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Union Theological Seminary professor Cornel West. The one-hour program features thought-provoking, intelligent and stimulating conversations. Listen, engage and discuss on www.smileyandwest.com or follow them on Twitter at @tavissmiley and @cornelwest.


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    Farrakhan delivers warning against Syria military strike, sends letter to congressional leaders on errant U.S. policy


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    CONTACTS: Richard B. Muhammad, editor, The Final Call, 312.480.9775 editor@finalcall.com,
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    CHICAGO – The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan continued his efforts to warn the president, the country’s leaders and the public by urging Congress to reject pressure to launch military strikes against Syria after disputed charges of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government against civilians. The letter was to be sent to U.S. lawmakers today. In addition, a special message about the Syria crisis and its potentially catastrophic impact on America, the Middle East and the world is airing at http://www.noi.org/SyriaWar/. It is part of the Minister’s weekly 52-week lecture series “The Time and What Must Be Done,” which runs Saturdays at 6 p.m. Central.

    Nation of Islam
    “I am deeply concerned that a larger war will materialize and America will be forced to put American soldiers in harm’s way to accomplish their desired results. What is the real purpose of this intervention? What do we plan to do in the event the regime falls and the leadership in Syria falls into the hands of those who are not necessarily friends of America and another civil war takes places over who will be the political power in Syria. If Russia and others intervene a possible wider conflict could engulf the entire Middle East,” said Min. Farrakhan on Sept. 6.

    “I am pleading with you on behalf of a war weary American people and the suffering peoples of the World; and the needs of the American people will be further delayed in being satisfied, which will produce negative results on the inside of America creating the same kind of backlash and vitriol as we saw when the American people revolted against the war in Vietnam,” he warned.

    The special message online includes extensive information about the danger of potential conflict with Syria, reasons why America should tread carefully, questions about the validity of insistence the sarin attack was carried out by Syrian government forces, and the dire consequences of another U.S. War.

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    Huffington Post - If It's Broke, Fix It: President's Economic Agenda, Paired with Action on Climate Change, Is a Winning Strategy for Building a New Economy


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phaedra-ellislamkins/if-its-broke-fix-it-presi_b_3416217.html

    Let's face it. The economy we have isn't working for far too many of us. The progress on unemployment has yet to make it to African-Americans, Hispanics, and youth, who still experience unemployment rates as high as twice the national average. This is especially troubling considering the rising majority we represent within the American population.

    And these realities aren't lost on President Obama. Over the past few weeks, the president has expressed his growing impatience with two important issues confronting low-income Americans and people of color -- unemployment and climate change. On one occasion last month, he called for our nation to "stay focused on our economy and putting people back to work and raising wages." And a few days later he had this to say about climate change: "I don't have much patience for people who deny climate change... if you've got creative approaches, market-based approaches, tell me about them."

    The old fossil fuel economy is not creating jobs -- it's actually cutting them. Despite generating $546 billion in profits between 2005 and 2010, and paying their CEOs an average of $13 million a year, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, and BP reduced their U.S. workforce by 11,200 employees. Proposed projects like the Keystone pipeline will put our health and safety at risk, while creating just 20 permanent jobs (that's 9,980 less than what pipeline supporters claim). And last month's bankruptcy court ruling seemingly sanctioned a move by two of the world's largest coal companies (Peabody Coal alone generated over $1 billion in profits) to rob their workers of the retirement healthcare benefits they were promised. The companies simply transferred responsibility for the benefits to a subsidiary company they created -- then underfunded it and allowed it to go belly up.

    Clearly it's time to turn things around. And President Obama's economic agenda gives us a chance to do it. Earlier this month, the president embarked on what he called his "Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour." In places like Baltimore, Maryland, he talked about the pillars of his plan, which include reviving America's manufacturing sector, training workers, ensuring living wages, and addressing the deficit.

    These are all sound objectives. And there is more to them than meets the eye. Done right, they will not only generate jobs and economic growth -- they can improve public health, create pathways out of poverty, and address one of the most pressing issues we face: Climate change.

    Reshoring our manufacturing sector will do a lot to revive our economy. America needs to start making things again. And if we do it by doubling clean energy production and rebuilding our infrastructure -- sectors that are already putting millions of Americans to work -- we'll help fight climate change, too.

    When it comes to creating jobs, we know clean energy works. The sector outperformed the rest of the economy even during the recession. And a recent study showed that every dollar invested in clean energy creates three times as many jobs as a dollar invested in fossil fuels.

    Clean energy jobs tend to be the kind that create real opportunity and open doorways into the middle class. One reason is because they pay more -- about 13 percent higher than the median wage--while requiring less formal education. That's a recipe for escaping poverty. The materials used for energy efficiency upgrades, like sheet metal and insulation, are by and large made in America,so weatherization and green building are a smart way to give our manufacturing sector a shot in the arm. And by boosting American power sources like wind and solar while slashing energy waste, we can cut carbon pollution significantly and fight climate change.

    Investing in infrastructure is not only a wise move for creating jobs, it's an essential response to a crisis. Right now, our country's basic water, transportation, and energy infrastructure is crumbling, putting all of us at risk. Just last month, a bridge collapsed in Washington State, sending drivers careening into the water. This kind of accident simply should not happen in a nation as wealthy and technologically advanced as ours. We need to fix our roads, bridges, and transit systems--and in doing so, we have an opportunity to make them greener and more efficient, and to train people for new, long-term, high-wage careers maintaining them.

    It's not just our transportation system that needs help. Our basic water systems are failing. As a result, we're seeing a steady stream of sewage overflows and leaks that put all of us at risk of contamination from bacteria, parasites, viruses, pharmaceuticals, cleaning products, and other chemicals. According to the EPA, there are now between 23,000 and 75,000 sanitary sewer overflows in this country each year, and 3.5 million Americans get sick just from swimming in polluted water. Meanwhile, a whopping 40 percent of our lakes and rivers are too polluted to support recreational activities and aquatic life.

    The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that we need to invest at least $188.4 billion over the next five years just to make our water systems safe and reliable. That translates into a lot of jobs: roughly 2 million. Investments in our water infrastructure would also generate an estimated $265.6 billion in economic activity. By using green infrastructure -- like permeable pavement, rain gardens, constructed wetlands, and green roofs -- we can slash energy demand and fight climate change. This type of green infrastructure also helps make communities more resilient in the face of extreme weather, by helping regulate urban temperatures, reducing flooding, and offsetting drought.

    As we regenerate jobs in the manufacturing, infrastructure, and clean energy fields, we'll need more workers trained to do them -- and we need to make sure people of color and low-income communities have access to opportunities, and that the jobs pay living wages. That's why the President's focus on investing in job skills, making college more affordable, and raising the minimum wage is so important.

    Finally, the president has said that he wants to cut the deficit in a balanced way. There are two steps we can take that will help us address the deficit -- while also dealing with our climate crisis. First, we need to end subsidies to big polluters. The oil industry rakes in the biggest profits in the world, yet continues to ask American taxpayers for handouts. We could save roughly $8 billion a year by cutting fossil fuel subsidies. Second, we need to put a price on carbon pollution. A $20 per ton price on carbon could generate roughly $1.25 trillion over ten years.

    For too long, the fossil fuel industry has passed its costs along to the rest of us in the form of contaminated air and water, and the health problems that come with them. We're paying the price with increased superstorms, drought, and disasters. It's time to change that.

    We have a golden opportunity right now. But we need to use it wisely. If we revive our manufacturing sector, but do nothing to protect Americans from climate change and pollution, we will have failed. If we create jobs, but pay lousy wages, and continue to leave vulnerable communities behind, we will have failed. We have a chance transform America's economy, and we need to do it right. If we do, we will leave a legacy of cleaner air and water, healthier, safer communities, and broader prosperity for everyone.

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    Green For All
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    (BPRW) Tavis Smiley Network Surpasses 1.5 Million Listens Within First Month of BlogTalkRadio Launch


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – LOS ANGELES – 24 July 2013 – Broadcaster Tavis Smiley announced today that the Tavis Smiley Network (TSN), a network of programs developed exclusively for BlogTalkRadio, the world's largest social broadcasting network, has amassed more than 1.5 million listens since launching on June 25 of this year. This unprecedented milestone points to the success of TSN as the first network partnership for BlogTalkRadio with a national media personality.

    Tavis Smiley Network
    TSN is anchored by Tavis Talks, a daily news and opinion program that engages a diverse array of high-profile guests, such as Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt, Larry King, Walter Mosley and Suze Orman. Tavis Talks posts daily at 4 p.m. (EST) and is complimented by an all-star line-up of expert hosts, including:

    • Rolonda Watts: Sundays With Rolonda, Sunday, 5 p.m. (EST)
    • Kenneth Braswell: Ties Never Broken, Monday, 7 p.m. (EST)
    • Beverly Macy: Social Media Radio with Beverly Macy, Tuesday, 3 p.m. (EST)
    • Robert Ferguson: Diet Free Life, Tuesday, 5 p.m. (EST)
    • Rick Najera: Almost White with Rick Najera, Tuesday, 6 p.m. (EST)
    • Stephanie Robinson: Roundtable with Stephanie Robinson, Thursday, 11:30 a.m. (EST)
    • John Daly: Informed Not Inflamed, Thursday, 7 p.m. (EST)

    “TSN is an opportunity for us to deepen our connection with people and communities across the country,” said Smiley. “Our network hosts work hard to create unique programs with strong content driven by listeners and we are thrilled that they have responded so strongly.”

    “TSN is a showcase of the online radio experience and hitting the 1.5 million mark so soon after launch is reflective of how our partnership is reshaping the media industry,” said Alan Levy, co-founder and CEO of BlogTalkRadio. “It’s clear that the BlogTalkRadio community appreciates and recognizes the great content being delivered by Tavis and the other hosts on his network.”

    To accelerate the momentum, TSN will premiere a new slate of additional hosts after Labor Day. They include: political commentator and Howard University professor Michael Fauntroy; arts and culture critic Bill Banfield; political theorist and New York Times bestselling author Benjamin Barber; historian and UCLA professor Robin D.G. Kelley; social commentator April Yvonne Garrett; travel expert Alison Taylor; and others.

    About Tavis Smiley
    Tavis Smiley is host and managing editor of the nightly talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS produced by TS Media, Inc., and the host of The Tavis Smiley Show and co-host of Smiley & West from Public Radio International (PRI), both produced by Smiley Radio Properties, Inc. Smiley is also the author/editor of 16 books, including New York Times bestsellers Covenant with Black America, What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America, and his most recent, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. In 2009, TIME magazine named him one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People. 2013 marks his 10th season on PBS and is the inaugural year for the Tavis Smiley Network (TSN) on BlogTalkRadio. For more information, visit www.tavistalks.com.

    About BlogTalkRadio
    BlogTalkRadio is the world’s largest social broadcasting network with thousands of talented experts hosting shows on every kind of topic — from politics and current affairs, entertainment and sports to health and finance. Founded in 2006 by Alan Levy, BlogTalkRadio is the world’s largest producer of podcasts and attracts a very significant audience of more than 18 million unique visitors and more than 40,000,000 listens per month. Since its inception, BlogTalkRadio has broadcast more than 2,000,000 radio shows. Cinchcast, Inc., the parent company of BlogTalkRadio, is a leading provider of cloud-based audio solutions.

    Contact Information
    Lois Najarian
    The Door
    lois@thedooronline.com
    646-340-1763

    Heather Muhleman
    The Door
    heather@thedooronline.com
    646-340-1709

    Paula Thornton Greear
    The Smiley Group, Inc.
    paula.thorntongreear@gmail.com
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    Tuskegee Airman Carjacked By Junior Chocolate Klansmen


    As if Detroit and the general crisis in the national Hood wasn't enough, now comes the latest outrage: Mr. Jesse Rutledge, an 88 year old Tuskegee Airman, was recently car jacked at gun point by a demonic quartet of what I call " junior chocolate Klansmen. "

    Tuskegee Airman Carjacked By Junior Chocolate Klansmen


    http://moveonup.ning.com/profiles/blogs/tuskegee-airman-carjacked-by-junior-chocolate-klansmen

    Their estimated age was 13 years old. This immediately reminded me of the 1994 assault and home invasion of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, also in Detroit, at 81 years old.

    Surviving Nazis and their American counter parts in the Jim Crow South is rewarded by being attacked by out-of-control Black youth some bleeding heart is always enabling. Insult to injury was added in the Rosa Parks case when Joseph Skipper confessed to knowing who she was when he attacked her.

    Rosa Parks


    This confession was made to a priest who caught him burglarizing the church he pastored. Disgusting is putting it mildly. Mr. Rutledge attackers were arrested ( thank God! ) and once again American Blacks with sense are faced with the aftermath of juvenile jackals roaming our community.

    Congratulations little " brothers, " George W Bush gave this hero and his peers a medal. You four could have given him a heart attack or a gun shot wound! Way to go!

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    Exclusive Newsweek Poll Reveals Persistence of America's Racial Divide


    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek

    Have the goalposts moved on race? Did we let ourselves celebrate too soon? When Barack Obama was elected president, millions of Americans breathed a sigh of relief, telling themselves that the long march that began with bus boycotts and sit-ins had finally come to an end. But a revealing new Newsweek poll shows that, in some ways, Americans might have grown farther apart since 2008 when it comes to matters of race.

    America's Racial Divide
    Andrew Romano and Allison Samuels dissect the numbers, and find that Obama’s presence in the Oval Office may push “all this racial misunderstanding out onto the political playing field, where it is amplified and distorted by the polarizing forces of partisanship.” But these debates will pass, write Romano and Samuels, and it remains potent testimony that Americans, in spite of all their racial divisions, put a black man in the White House.

    See the poll breakdown here:
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles

    Majorities of both whites (72%) and blacks (89%) believe the country is divided by race, the poll finds. But twice as many blacks (40%) as whites (20%) say it is very divided. And just 19 percent of whites say that racism is a big problem in America, vs. 60 percent of blacks.

    Meanwhile, the killing of 17-year old Trayvon Martin has further polarized America along racial lines, the Newsweek/Daily Beast Poll finds. In the survey, whites are divided over whether they think Martin’s death was racially motivated. Thirty-five percent of whites say Martin’s death was racially motivated, while 30 percent say Zimmerman acted in self-defense and 35 percent are not sure. African-Americans, however, are convinced it was racially motivated (80% vs. 2%).

    Whites also are divided on the question of whether Martin was targeted because he was a young black man–41 percent say yes, while 34 percent say no and 21 percent are not sure. Blacks are convinced he was targeted because he was a young black man (85% vs. 4%).

    There also is a significant split over President Obama’s handling of the Trayvon Martin controversy—with a majority (52%) of whites saying they disapprove of the way he has handled the shooting while only 38 percent approve.

    Blacks say the opposite—with near unanimous (87% vs. 5%) approval for the president’s handling of the shooting.

    Nearly four years after the election of the nation’s first African-American president, majorities of both whites and African Americans surveyed say that race relations in the country have either stayed the same or gotten worse. Sixty-three percent of whites and 58 percent of African-Americans say race relations have either stayed the same or worsened—while only 28 percent of whites and 38 percent of African-Americans say they have gotten better.



    New Research on the Pivotal Role of Class in American Life


    NEW YORK—From Mitt Romney's tax return to Occupy Wall Street, the growing gap between the rich and poor in America has become a central issue this election season. Candidates trade accusations over privileging the rich or engaging in class warfare. But what do we know about how individuals from different classes interact in America? How much does social class influence our behavior and opinions?

    A new set of studies, presented in the Russell Sage Foundation's latest volume Facing Social Class, presents stark evidence that people are constantly and keenly aware of their ranking in the class hierarchy and that those at the top of the social ladder think, feel, and act differently from those on the lower rungs. Edited by Susan T. Fiske and Hazel Markus, this volume reveals how social class differences are reshaping face-to-face encounters between the rich and poor in America:

    Class in American Life
    Stereotypes are pervasively used in cross-class encounters. Brain imaging scans show that rich people are often seen as competent but cold and untrustworthy, according to studies from psychologist Susan Fiske. By contrast, poor people are viewed as lacking both warmth and competence, and are often blamed for their poverty. In one study, Princeton students reported their reactions to a peer who was described alternately as rich or poor, and lazy or hardworking. Respondents gave strongly negative reactions to both the lazy and hardworking poor peer; by contrast, the work ethic of the affluent peer did not polarize ratings.

    Your social class may influence how you are racially identified. Individuals are less likely to be identified as white and more likely to be identified as black if they have ever experienced markers of low socioeconomic status such as incarceration or unemployment, according to psychologists Diana T. Sanchez and Julia A. Garcia.

    Class can have a profound impact on behavior and norms. Individuals from high-class backgrounds have a sense that one has the freedom to act independently of the needs and wishes of other individuals, according to Michael Kraus, Michelle L. Rheinschmidt, and Paul K. Piff. In fact, high-power individuals often perceive the emotions of low-power partners with less accuracy than low-power individuals judging the emotions of high-power partners. Lower-class individuals also tend to believe that one's own personal motivations and goals are controlled by external forces or other individuals.

    Schools may have a difficult time responding to the needs of different classes. Middle-class parents tend to have more knowledge than working-class parents of when and how they can intervene in their children's schooling, according to sociologists Annette Lareau and Jessica M. Calarco. Because working-class parents often have a difficult cultural style than those of educators, they have a harder time negotiating with school officials during disputes over their children's education.

    These studies reveal the powerful and pervasive effect of class in everyday interactions. The danger, as Fiske writes, is that increasing divides may make it harder for different classes to cooperate. "In everyday encounters, rich and poor people everywhere are divided by status stereotypes, laying the groundwork for mutual mistrust."

    For more information on these studies, contact David Haproff, director of communications at Russell Sage, at (212) 750-6037 or david@rsage.org.

    The Russell Sage Foundation is the principal American foundation devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences. Located in New York City, it is a research center, a funding source for studies by scholars at other academic and research institutions, and an active member of the nation's social science community. Visit us on the web: http://www.russellsage.org





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